News & Events

June 22, Friday

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop, 9 am to 4 pm at St Francis/Sacred Heart parish hall.Cost is $30, lunch included. Scholarships are available. To register, or for more info, contact GBICS at 447-3700.

Potluck Supper and Listening Session,  from 6 to 8 pm. Fr. John Miller, a member of the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee will lead a “listening session” to hear from people their ideas concerning the future of the Episcopal Church in Vermont and what leadership qualities we need in our next Bishop, Questions are:

1. What do you believe is the most special or unique thing about the Episcopal Church in Vermont?

2. What do you believe the Church in Vermont does especially well? Are there things that you believe the Church could do better, or could do differently? Are there things not being done that the Church should be adding, or things now being done that should not be continued?

3. What sort of leadership do you believe would be most appropriate for the Episcopal Church in Vermont in the years ahead?

4. Are there additional issues that you believe the Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee should consider that have not been discussed at this meeting?

June 24, Sunday

The Pastoral Care team will meet following the 10 am service.

June 25, Monday

Centering Prayer group at Second Congregational Church will meet in the library at 10:30. All are welcome.

July 1, Sunday

Our own John Terauds will join us as a guest preacher! Welcome home John!



Fr. Justin, Bishop Tom and the children at  the Palm Sunday service



Free lunch distribution program
We’re doing this again…providing a grassy front yard for the neighborhood children to pick up and eat their free lunches from The Abbey Group.  We need volunteers to oversee this distribution. The program will run from July 9 through August 3, from 11:15 (to set up) to 12:30, plus a few minutes for clean up. Please see Nancy Bower to sign up (447-0119), or find her at coffee hour.

Rock Point Camp

Flyers are available on the table in the hallway or go to

Coffee Hour- We could use some extra help for coffee hour following the 8 am service.

Birthday cake (or cupcakes or??) bakers are needed for first Sunday of the month celebrations after the 8 am service.  If you would like to be put on the birthday list, please add your name to the birthday box in the office.

Volunteer Opportunities– We are truly blessed to have such a beautiful church. To maintain its beauty, we are looking for volunteers to help with various projects (large and small) within the church and grounds. From painting, to weeding, dusting or window repair -your help is always appreciated. A list of projects is forthcoming. We are grateful for any help that you can offer.

The Building Fund Campaign Sap Bucket is ready for your donation!

Thank you to all who have already given as well as to those who have given the full amount for the year already. We humbly thank you and appreciate your dedication. We ask that you prayerfully consider being a part of this parish wide Building Fundraiser Challenge if you are not already doing so. If you have any questions, please see Bill Hardy at church on Sundays or call him at home at 802-442-4075

Congratulations to Ron Myers who has been named Volunteer of the Year by Southwestern Vermont Health Care Services. It’s always a pleasure to see Ron’s smile when arriving at SVMC. 
Friendly Reminder In an ongoing effort to reduce costs,and maintain our metered contract with our copy machine provider, we are asking that the copy machine only be used for church business. Thank you for understanding.

Emily Kennedy and Collins Sennett are going to update the Parish Directory.  If anyone has ideas or wants to help with calls to verify information, please contact: Collins 442 5278 or Emily 442 5300

Monthly birthdays will again be celebrated on the  on the first Sunday of the month starting April 1st, Easter Sunday.  Anyone who hasn’t signed up for these birthdays, please put your birthday and name on a card in the office.  There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board, please sign up to bake for these Sundays. Blessings, Nancy Sanford.

The date for the 2018 Diocesan Convention has been changed to October 26 and 27 due to difficulties in finding a venue for the November dates. The Reverend Stephanie Spellers, is still able to be with us. The Hilton Hotel in Burlington will be the main venue.

Rector’s Office Hours ( Wednesday 2 to 5 pm) is a time when Fr. Justin is available without prior appointment. He may be called away in emergency situations and then office hours may be canceled. If possible please call to make an appointment.

The Bless Bennington project: The meditation group at the Unitarian Church is encouraging people in Bennington to take one minute each morning or evening at 9 (or any time it occurs to you) to extend feelings of gratitude, love and blessing to the town of Bennington.

Please use the compost bucket in the kitchen. All food scraps should go into this bucket and then it can then be emptied into the bin outside the kitchen door. Please help our Mother Earth by returning food to the earth!

Sunday School: Bring the children and have a great time with stories, crafts, lunch and more. Call Mary Gerisch at 379-6311 for more information.

The Freezer is Hungry
The freezer can always use more items. When you are making soup, stew, chili, etc., put one extra serving in a container, mark it with the date and put it in the freezer in the hall by the Parish Office. Remember that we try to rotate the food every six months, so it is important to mark the date. Other ideas are a package of hot dogs or hamburger patties and buns bundled together. Thank you to all who put food in the freezer.

Photo/Image Policy for St Peter’s Church:
The Vestry would like folks to re-read the church’s photo policy. Parents have to sign an “opt in” form in order for us to use children’s photos in print and on-line. Adults  have to sign an “opt out” form if they do not want their picture to be published. The policy and forms are on the bulletin board.

If you are Hospitalized
Because of the HIPAA laws, hospitals are not allowed to notify the Church of your admission. Please call the Church to let us know that you have been admitted to the hospital

Send your announcements to [email protected] to be included in the weekly email and to promptly have your information on this web site.

Go to the Diocesan Events Calendar for state-wide events.

click here for the Mountain e-News , the Diocesan newsletter or you can find printed copies on the little table outside the rector’s office.

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